Question about Creative Labs Zen Micro MP3 Player
Ive had my Zen Micro (5gb) for a number of years and have replaced the battery within the past year. Randomly today it went into recovery mode, I did not drop the mp3 player before this. When I select Clean Up and hit Yes, it returns me to the main menu and does nothing. It has firmware v0.0.65 (I dont know if thats new or old) and rebooting does nothing. When I connect it to my PC, Organizer pops up but shows nothing on the mp3 player. When I got to Media Explorer it says its not connected (because of recovery mode?)
I really dont want to format the HD. If I do the Reset (the hole next to the power switch), will it format my mp3 player?
Any suggestions would be great.
OK to everyone who messed up the firmware of Zen Micro and run vista, u r all idiots, including me. my zen was stuck in recovery mode and recovery menu as everyone experienced and tried to upgrade the firmware via the firmware updater that didnt work, right? ok through research and time i came to realize that what was causing the updater to fail (...please connect your media player...) is windows media player 11 (ELEVEN !!) zen update firmware will work only with windows media player 10 (TEN !!) installed. y? i dont know and i dont care anymore now that my micro is fixed up and running with the latest released firmware.
u can find smne with xp and wmp10 (rare) install drivers and run the updater or
u can DIY and since it is impossible to uninstall wmp11 i did the unthinkable, no no not format and install xp to use wmp10 no no.
instead i used a program called VIRTUAL MACHINE WORKSTATION 6.5 (for links keep confidential suppling ur email to me) this program will allow u to install and run several operating systems at a time regardless of your current hardware, it will run as an application in vista O/S. so i installed xp pro (on vmware 6.5) that i had handy somewhere, and then the drivers from the creative disc. then i run the firmware updater and yes it recognises my zen for the first time and loads a brand new firmware. easy as that, zen reboots and main menu appears, what a joy.
so all i used was:
xp pro (wmp10)
firmware updater by creative
installing operating systems on vmware is very easy and doesnt require restarts etc.. u can switch through vista and xp like a window application just like that.
hope this helps, zen micro is by far the ultimate mp3 player for its sound breathtaking performance and loudness, totally worth the trouble. this is 100% fixable
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
Hey.. i tried wot u said but stil unable to get my zen micro working... can u plz provide a step by step solution.. i'l b indebted to u
Posted on Mar 21, 2010
Same as alge998!
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
1. remove all creative software from your pc (do this from start menu/settings/control panel/add or remove programs)
2. Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 and Windows Media Player 11 runtime. This will rollback the pc to an earlier version of WMP.
3. Download the latest version of the zen driver from this location: http://us.creative.com/support/downl...ame=Windows+XP
4. Make sure the zen is not connected to the pc and install run the exe file to install the software on your pc. at some point, the install will tell you that the unit is not connected. Connect the unit to proceed. it will also notify you that you are replacing an existing software, or something to that effect. I accepted or said OK to this popup. Once the firmware is installed, my started to work fine. You can now reinstall WMP from microsoft website. Hope this works for you.
you might want to verify that your new player has the latest firmware available, as this might address the unresponsive-button issue you're having. Firmware updates are surprisingly easy - you just download the firmware file from Creative's website, plug in your player, and double-click the downloaded file. It's that easy.
Posted on Jan 18, 2008
this site should help you with your driver, go there and download it. If it doesn't works just let me know good luck to you.
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
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